High-SchoolCalifornia: Dana Cruse
May, 18, 2012
By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens | ESPN.com
Harold Abend/ESPNHSSenior 2012 pitcher Katy Kibbe (Rancho Cotate)Five-foot-2 pitchers Benipayo and Lombardi deliver big performances for their teams. Plus, Melissa Taukeiaho hammers three homers in a game for the second time this season.
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(After games of Saturday, May 12; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 16; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Sophia Benipayo (Concord)
The 5-foot-2 Benipayo made Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) pay and at the same time delivered the KO, homering, tripling, diving in three and scoring three times to lead the Minutemen girls to an 11-2 victory and a 12-0 season in Diablo Valley Athletic League play.